Enemies, A Love Story: Roger Ebert & Gene Siskel (KINDLE SINGLE)

By Josh Schollmeyer

Roger Ebert, movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, and Gene Siskel, movie critic for the Chicago Tribune, began as newspaper enemies, every one attempting to bludgeon the opposite in print with pointed barbs or unique interviews with Hollywood royalty. the contest persisted while a person had the brilliant inspiration to place the 2 of them jointly on tv to critique the arrival sights.

In the method of changing into mythical, in addition they got here to grasp and love one another whereas carrying on with to place a stick within the eye.

This is their humorous and fascinating tale, as informed via rankings of people that have been concerned with them and their exhibit through the years. finally they stood tallest once they stood together.

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"Enemies, A Love Story" is released for e-readers via every now and then Reader, electronic Publishers of great Nonfiction. The piece initially seemed in print shape within the first factor of the newly introduced journal, "The Chicagoan."

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Josh Schollmeyer is an government editor at Playboy. He gained a countrywide journal Award as an editor on the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He lives in Chicago.

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Marguerite de Navarre: Mother of the Renaissance

Sister to the king of France, queen of Navarre, talented author, non secular reformer, and shopper of the arts—in her many jobs, Marguerite de Navarre (1492-1549) used to be essentially the most very important figures of the French Renaissance. during this, the 1st significant biography in English, Patricia F. Cholakian and Rouben C. Cholakian draw on her writings to supply a shiny portrait of Marguerite's private and non-private existence. liberating her from the shadow of her brother François I, they realize her sizeable impression on French politics and tradition, they usually problem traditional perspectives of her family members relationships.

The authors spotlight Marguerite's enormous position in advancing the reason for spiritual reform in France-her aid of vernacular translations of sacred works, her denunciation of ecclesiastical corruption, her founding of orphanages and hospitals, and her safeguard and security of persecuted reformists. Had this plucky and lively lady now not been sister to the king, she might probably have ended up on the stake. even though she remained a religious catholic, her theological poem Miroir de l'âme pécheresse, a paranormal summa of evangelical doctrine that was once viciously attacked through conservatives, is still to at the present time a massive a part of the Protestant corpus.

Marguerite, with her brother the king, was once a key architect and animator of the subtle entertainments that grew to become the hallmark of the French courtroom. constantly wanting to inspire new rules, she supported the various illustrious writers and thinkers of her time. furthermore, uniquely for a queen, she was once herself a prolific poet, dramatist, and prose author and released a two-volume anthology of her works. In reassessing Marguerite's huge, immense oeuvre, the authors exhibit the diversity and caliber of her paintings past her well-known selection of stories, posthumously known as the Heptaméron.

The Cholakians' groundbreaking interpreting of the wealthy physique of her paintings, which uncovers autobiographical parts formerly unrecognized by means of so much students, and their learn of her surviving correspondence painting a existence that absolutely justifies Marguerite's sobriquet, "Mother of the Renaissance."

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Rod Laver: An Autobiography

Rod Laver's memoir is the inspiring tale of the way a diminutive, left-handed, red-headed nation boy from Rockhampton, Australia grew to become one among activities' maximum champions. Rod used to be a dominant strength in international tennis for nearly 20 years, taking part in and defeating the various maximum avid gamers of the 20th century. In 1962, Rod grew to become the second one guy to win the Grand Slam - that's, profitable the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US titles in one calendar 12 months. In 1969, he received it back, turning into the one participant ever to win the Grand Slam two times. Laver's booklet is a perfectly nostalgic trip into Laver's route to stardom, from the early days of growing to be up in a Queensland kingdom city within the Nineteen Fifties, to breaking into the beginner circuit, to the intense highs of Grand Slam victories. clear of on-court triumphs, Rod additionally movingly writes concerning the life-changing stroke he suffered in 1998, and of his cherished spouse of greater than forty years, Mary, who died in 2012 after a protracted disorder. jam-packed with anecdotes concerning the nice avid gamers and nice fits, set opposed to the backdrop of a tennis global altering from inflexible amateurism to the pro online game we realize at the present time, Rod's ebook is a hot, insightful and engaging account of 1 of tennis's all-time greats.

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Elvis Presley: A Life in Music--The Complete Recording Sessions

By Ernst Jorgensen

For the 1st time, the entire tale of Elvis Presley's recording profession is instructed during this outstanding booklet. With unique entry to the RCA vaults, manufacturer Ernst Jorgensen brings to intimate existence each second that Elvis spent within the studio--from the spontaneous pleasure of his early classes to the intensely inventive classes of his later occupation. instantaneously the definitive recording consultation consultant and a compellingly readable narrative, this can be the last word better half to the singer and his songs.

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Passionate Minds: Emilie du Chatelet, Voltaire, and the Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment

By David Bodanis

It used to be 1733 while the poet and thinker Voltaire met Emilie du Châtelet, a beguiling—and married—aristocrat who may at some point popularize Newton’s arcane principles and pave the way in which for Einstein’s theories. In an period while girls have been infrequently authorized any critical education, this twenty-seven-year-old’s nimble dialog and strange brilliance led Voltaire, then in his overdue thirties, to ask yourself, “Why did you simply succeed in me so late?” They fell instantly and passionately in love.

Through the prism in their tumultuous fifteen-year dating we see the crumbling of an historic social order and the start of the Enlightenment. jointly the 2 enthusiasts rebuilt a dilapidated and remoted rural chateau at Cirey the place they carried out clinical experiments, entertained a few of the major thinkers of the burgeoning medical revolution, and constructed radical principles in regards to the monarchy, the character of loose will, the subordination of girls, and the separation of church and nation.

But their time jointly used to be choked with excess of examining and highbrow dialog. there have been frantic gallopings throughout France, sword fights in entrance of besieged German fortresses, and a perilous burning of Voltaire’s books by means of the general public executioner on the base of the grand stairwell of the Palais de Justice in Paris. The pair survived court docket intrigues at Versailles, slender escapes from brokers of the king, a covert project to the idyllic lakeside retreat of Frederick the good of Prussia, forays to the royal playing tables (where Emilie placed her mathematical acumen to profitable use), and excessive affairs that bent yet didn't holiday their bond.

Along with its riveting portrait of Voltaire as a weak romantic, Passionate Minds eventually does justice to the supremely unconventional existence and noteworthy achievements of Emilie du Châtelet—including her paintings at the technology of fireplace and the character of sunshine. lengthy missed, her tale tells us a lot approximately women’s lives on the time of the Enlightenment. both very important, it demonstrates how this sleek, quick-witted, and tasty lady labored out the thoughts that might lead on to the “squared” a part of Einstein’s progressive equation: E=mc2.

Based on a wealthy array of private letters, in addition to writings from houseguests, buddies, scientists, or even police reviews, Passionate Minds is either panoramic and intimate in feeling. it's an unforgettable love tale and a bright rendering of the delivery of recent ideas.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan

By Bruce Feiler

Learning to Bow has been heralded as one of many funniest, liveliest, and such a lot insightful books ever written concerning the conflict of cultures among the US and Japan. With heat and candor, Bruce Feiler recounts the yr he spent as a instructor in a small rural city. starting with a ritual outside tub and culminating in an all-night trek to the head of Mt. Fuji, Feiler teaches his scholars approximately American tradition, whereas they train him every little thing from tips to effectively deal with an envelope to how you can date a eastern girl.

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Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley

By Charlotte Gordon

NATIONAL e-book CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr by way of THE SEATTLE TIMES

This groundbreaking twin biography brings to existence a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she by no means knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each one been the topic of diverse biographies, but not anyone has ever tested their lives in a single book—until now. In Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing writer who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and the Romantic visionary who gave the area Frankenstein—two brave ladies who must have shared their lives, yet in its place shared a robust literary and feminist legacy.
 
In 1797, under weeks after giving beginning to her moment daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft died, and a extraordinary existence spent pushing opposed to the bounds of society’s expectancies for ladies got here to an finish. yet one other used to be simply starting. Wollstonecraft’s daughter Mary used to be to stick to a equally audacious direction. either girls had passionate relationships with a number of males, bore teenagers out of wedlock, and selected to dwell in exile outdoors their local nation. each one in her personal time fought opposed to the injustices ladies confronted and wrote books that modified literary history.
 
the non-public lives of either Marys have been not anything lower than the stuff of significant Romantic drama, supplying excellent fabric for Charlotte Gordon, an entire historian and a talented storyteller. Taking readers on a shiny trip throughout progressive France and Victorian England, she seamlessly interweaves the lives of her protagonists in alternating chapters, making a e-book that reads like a richly textured ancient novel. Gordon additionally paints unforgettable snap shots of the boys of their lives, together with the mercurial genius Percy Shelley, the unbridled libertine Lord Byron, and the bright radical William Godwin.
 
“Brave, passionate, and visionary, they broke virtually each rule there has been to break,” Gordon writes of Wollstonecraft and Shelley. a very revelatory biography, Romantic Outlaws finds the defiant, artistic lives of this bold mother-daughter pair who refused to be restrained via the inflexible conventions in their era.

Praise for Romantic Outlaws
 
“[An] impassioned twin biography . . . Gordon, alternating among the 2 bankruptcy through bankruptcy, binds their lives right into a attention-grabbing entire. She indicates, in shiny element, how mom motivated daughter, and the way the daughter’s struggles reflected the mother’s.”The Boston Globe
 
“Written with the galloping velocity of a talented novel peopled with interesting characters . . . those girls continue to exist in its pages. . . . Thorough and irresistible.”—The Seattle Times
 
“Gordon unfolds the 2 tales in tandem, deftly balancing the gossipy facets of her matters’ lives with their critical highbrow concerns.”The New Yorker
 
“[A] considerate, clever and deeply felt booklet . . . Gordon has written a e-book approximately girls, a mom and her daughter, who replaced not just the way in which we expect, however the method we are.”The Sunday Times (London)
 
“A such a lot welcome deeper tackle the ladies who scandalized Victorian England—and whose tales proceed to resonate today.”Vogue
 
“By linking those lives, Ms. Gordon’s biography stretches over a desirable period in background, characterised via nice flux in political and cultural pondering and concerning a few of the major figures in English literary and philosophical history.”—The Wall road Journal

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On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller

NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE 12 months by means of THE BOSTON GLOBE, BOOKLIST, AND KIRKUS studies • From acclaimed historian Richard Norton Smith comes the definitive lifetime of an American icon: Nelson Rockefeller—one of the main complicated and compelling figures of the 20th century.
 
Fourteen years within the making, this magisterial biography of the unique Rockefeller Republican attracts on millions of newly to be had files and over 2 hundred interviews, together with Rockefeller’s personal unpublished reminiscences.
 
Grandson of oil wealthy person John D. Rockefeller, Nelson coveted the White apartment from early life. “When you think that of what I had,” he as soon as remarked, “what else used to be there to aspire to?” prior to he used to be thirty he had helped his father enhance Rockefeller middle and his mom identify the Museum of contemporary artwork. At thirty-two he was once Franklin Roosevelt’s wartime coordinator for Latin the USA. As New York’s four-term governor he set nationwide criteria in schooling, the surroundings, and concrete coverage. The charismatic face of liberal Republicanism, Rockefeller championed civil rights and medical insurance for all. 3 times he sought the presidency—arguably within the flawed social gathering. on the Republican nationwide conference in San Francisco in 1964, locked in an epic conflict with Barry Goldwater, Rockefeller denounced extremist parts within the GOP, a second that modified the get together without end. yet he couldn't wrest the nomination from the Arizona conservative, or from Richard Nixon 4 years later. finally, he needed to accept dispiriting years as vp lower than Gerald Ford.
 
In On His personal Terms, Richard Norton Smith re-creates Rockefeller’s inconceivable upward push to the governor’s mansion, his politically disastrous divorce and remarriage, and his usually brilliant relationships with presidents and political leaders from FDR to Henry Kissinger. A annoyed architect became grasp builder, an avid collector of paintings and an unabashed women’ guy, “Rocky” promoted fallout shelters and reasonable housing with equivalent enthusiasm. From the lethal 1971 criminal rebellion at Attica and unceasing battles with ny urban mayor John Lindsay to his son’s unsolved disappearance (and the grisly theories it spawned), the punitive drug legislation that undergo his identify, and the much-gossiped-about conditions of his demise, Nelson Rockefeller’s used to be a lifetime of wonderful colour, variety, and relevance. On His personal phrases, a masterpiece of the biographer’s paintings, vividly captures the hovering optimism, polarizing politics, and internal turmoil of this American Original.
 
Praise for On His personal Terms
 
“[An] mesmerizing biography . . . Richard Norton Smith has written what's going to most likely stand as a definitive lifestyles. . . . On His personal Terms succeeds as an soaking up, deeply informative portrait of an immense, complex, semi-heroic determine who, in his method of the boundaries of presidency and to government’s relation to the ruled, belonged in each feel to a different century.”The New Yorker
 
“[A] best biography . . . a clear-eyed, exhaustively researched account of an important and interesting American life.”The Wall road Journal
 
“A compelling learn . . . What makes the ebook attention-grabbing for a modern expert isn't rather a lot anyone factor that Rockefeller accomplished, however the portrait of the realm he inhabited now not so very lengthy ago.”The ny Times
 
“[On His personal Terms] has belief and scholarly authority and is immensely readable.”The Economist

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Life Is So Good

By George Dawson

One man’s impressive trip throughout the 20th century and the way he realized to learn at age 98
 
“Things might be very well. humans have to pay attention that. existence is nice, simply because it is. There isn’t whatever i might switch approximately my life.”—George Dawson
 
during this outstanding e-book, George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who realized to learn at age ninety eight and lived to the age of 103, displays on his existence and stocks precious classes in residing, in addition to a clean, firsthand view of the USA throughout the whole sweep of the 20th century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson’s impossible to resist voice and consider of the realm, providing insights into humanity, background, hardships, and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in heritage, George Dawson’s description and review of the final century conjures up readers with the message that has sustained him via all of it: “Life is so stable. I do think it’s getting better.”
 
WINNER OF THE CHRISTOPHER AWARD
 
“A extraordinary autobiography . . . . the feel-good tale of the year.”—The Christian technology Monitor
 
“A testomony to the ability of perseverance.”—USA Today
 
Life Is So solid is approximately personality, soul and spirit. . . . The delight in status his flooring is matched—maybe even exceeded—by the accomplishment of [George Dawson’s] hard-won education.”—The Washington Post
 
“Eloquent . . . engrossing . . . an surprising and unforgettable memoir.”—Publishers Weekly
 
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A Death in Belmont (P.S.)

By Sebastian Junger

In the spring of 1963, the quiet suburb of Belmont, Massachusetts, is rocked through a surprising homicide that matches the development of the notorious Boston Strangler, nonetheless at huge. Hoping for a holiday within the case, the police arrest Roy Smith, a black ex-con whom the sufferer employed to scrub her condo. Smith is rapidly convicted of the homicide, however the Strangler's terror keeps. and during all of it, one guy escapes the scrutiny of the police: a chippie operating on the time on the Belmont domestic of younger Sebastian Junger and his parents—a guy named Albert

From the acclaimed writer of A excellent Storm comes a robust chronicle of 3 lives that collide within the vortex of 1 of America's so much arguable serial homicide cases.

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